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Fingerprints Don't Lie (1951)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  23 February 1951 (USA)
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The killing of Mayor Palmer is being placed on Paul Moody by fingerprint expert Jim Stover as Moody's prints were found on the murder weapon. When reporter Brad Evans places doubt in ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
James Stover
Sheila Ryan ...
Carolyn Palmer
Hypo Dorton
Prosecuting Attorney
Nadine Connell
Police Lt. Grayson
Michael Whalen ...
Police Commissioner Frank Kelso
Richard Emory ...
Paul Moody
Dee Tatum ...
Connie Duval
George Eldredge ...
King Sullivan
Rory Mallinson ...
Brad Evans
Karl 'Killer' Davis ...
Rod Barenger (as Karl Davis)
Zon Murray ...
Defense Attorney
Syra Marty ...
Syra, the Blonde Model (as Syra)


The killing of Mayor Palmer is being placed on Paul Moody by fingerprint expert Jim Stover as Moody's prints were found on the murder weapon. When reporter Brad Evans places doubt in Stover's mind that the fingerprints were Moodys, he decides to investigate further with the help of the mayor's daughter Carolyn. Written by Les Adams <>

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Re-titled and edited down to less than 30 minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950s as part of a syndicated half-hour mystery show. See more »

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Laughingly Bad!
2 November 2007 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Sam Newfield gives Ed Wood a run for his Worst Director Ever title. This movie is so bad I don't know where to begin. I agree with the previous reviewer on the $17.95 budget but I hope they didn't pay the organist for that 'god awful' music score. That eerie electric organ music is more irritating than a dentist's drill. The acting is pretty bad all around with Sid Melton, embarrassingly unfunny as the comedy element, as the worst of the bunch. Sheila Ryan as the wrongly accused's fiancée, shows virtually no emotion in his situation. Richard Emory comes off best as her fiancée, probably because he has very few scenes. The story wasn't that bad and a better director could have made this a hit. I got this in a set titled Forgotten (Film) Noir and now I know why it was forgotten. If it wasn't for that terrible organ music I'd recommend it for laughs!

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